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Stoke set to complete signing after fending off outside interest

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Stoke are set to complete the signing of Lee Gregory, despite late interest in the striker from both Sheffield United and Derby County.

Gregory, who is set to leave Millwall when his contract expires in the summer after five years with the London club, has scored 10 goals in 44 league appearances this season, helping the Lions to finish 21st in the Championship, one place above the relegation zone.

While Sheffield United have already confirmed their automatic promotion to the Premier League, with Derby potentially set to follow them if they can beat Aston Villa in the upcoming play-off final, it looks as though Gregory is set for at least another season in the Championship.

According to The Daily Mail print edition (16th May, p56), Gregory has agreed personal terms with Stoke despite that outside interest, with the deal expected to be completed later this week.

Stoke themselves finished 16th in the Championship this season, in what was their first campaign back in the second tier after ten years in the Premier League.

The verdict

This has suddenly become a big statement from Stoke.

Gregory’s signing had looked to be a fairly simple free transfer, but the fact that they have now managed to hold off one, and possibly two, teams that that could offer Gregory his first chance in the Premier League is now a big feather in The Potters’ cap.

In certainly bodes well when you think of what they may now be able to do in the rest of the summer transfer window.

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